Retro LED Football

Oh, man does this take me back! I spent hour after hour playing the original handheld LED football game - working on my offensive fake-out and hammering the arrow keys into dust. Now, I can play the game on my iPod Touch. Sure hope I don't put my finger through the touch screen...

September 15, 2008 · 1 min

Spore Creature Creator

I've been following Spore since I saw the first demo at TED. I remember playing SimCity back in the day (on my Amiga 1000!), and SimEarth, and the other variants, and have really been looking forward to Spore. It's really a universe simulator, where players interact at various scales separated by orders of magnitude. The full game starts at the single cell stage, evolving up through multicellular life, eventually up to group and society, and finally planetary and galactic scales....

June 27, 2008 · 2 min

Sharkrunners - Marine Biology Game/Simulation

I've been completely addicted to the Sharkrunners game hosted by The Discovery Channel. It's a promotional/educational tool, aligned with their "Shark Week" sweeps week ratings booster. It uses real shark data to position 6 sharks off the southwest coast of California. You are given a boat (not quite a ship) and a few crew members. You have to plot your course to meet up with the sharks, and decide how to collect data....

August 7, 2007 · 2 min

iPod games draining the battery too fast?

I'm pretty hooked on the new games for the iPod. I've already bought 4 of them, and am trying to hold back from buying the rest. (I know - I should have bought the bundle, but I didn't think I'd want them all...) They're really great implementations, most are likely better than their desktop counterparts due to being better suited to a circular controller. I'm addicted to Zuma. Like a junkie....

September 13, 2006 · 1 min

Ideas for more iPod games

I've already bought three games for my iPod: Bejeweled, Vortex and Zuma. I'm installing the update now so I can copy them over to the iPod to play. BUT... there are some glaring omissions from the iPod-friendly game list. How about: Tempest Asteroids Space Castle Doom/Quake Pitfall! just about any Intellivision game (same controller, basically)

September 12, 2006 · 1 min

C64 Games Online

Man, does THIS take me back. C64 Games Online - a collection of old games from the Commodore 64, ported to java as applets. I have no idea how many hours I wastedspent playing these games as a kid. My faves: Commando Ghostbusters Blue Max Spy vs. Spy Commando II Pitfall Pitstop Falcon Patrol Leaderboard Golf - spent DAYS playing this with my dad and brother... Kick Start II Beach Head - Level 3 Pole Position Kick Start - Off-Road Simulator Operation Wolf Batman Part II:The Caped Crusader Rampage Attack of the Mutant Camels Rick Dangerous II It's odd, because I was remembering the graphics as not totally sucking....

January 26, 2006 · 1 min

FlightGear flight sim

I just needed to do something different while avoiding eating lunch at my desk. I had downloaded FlightGear this morning, after mentioning it to Gord, Julian and Patrick. Fired it up, and although it's a bit quirky, the price is right. I eventually figured out how to take off. The default plane is a Cessna, and the default field is just south of San Francisco (I didn't know that before I took off, but recognized the landmarks pretty quickly)....

January 23, 2006 · 1 min

Doom! Doom, I say!

Well, iDoom, anyway. Finally got around to installing iDoom on my 3G iPod, and man, it plays nice. Surprisingly, it's about as snappy as the original game was on the smoking fast 486 DX 66 I played it on back at the Alberta Science Centre... I was surprised that it doesn't use the scrollwheel to control movement - seems like it would be perfect for steering the little Doomer... I just checked out the videos of iDoom on various iPods, and man, I need to upgrade to a colour screen version :-)

December 20, 2005 · 1 min

Second Life

I just did a very dangerous thing. I downloaded the latest version of Second Life - one of those immersive massively multiplayer doowackies that I never really got into. I just threw an hour away twiddling bits to make my Second Life character kinda sorta look like me, then starting to wander around Tutorial Island. The environment is really quite cool, and I had a lot of "hey, this would be cool for a blended learning thing....

October 31, 2005 · 1 min

This Spartan Life: Machinima Talk Show

Gizmodo linked to a new machinima talk show: This Spartan Life If you've seen Red vs. Blue, or some of the similar movies made using "in game" videography from some games like Halo or Quake3, you'll know what machinima is. But This Spartan Life takes it one step further - instead of being a scripted "in-game play" being acted out, it's a full-blown talk show. Complete with guests, interviews, cameramen and crew, perimeter security snipers, stray rocket fire from nearby newbies, and the Solid Gold Elite Dancers....

August 19, 2005 · 2 min